Komori to Introduce New Press Technology and Services to Improve Pressroom EfficiencySeptember 1, 2011
“Efficiency is the key to success for printers in today’s production environment,” said Kosh Miyao, Komori president and COO. “Komori understands that printers need the tools necessary to improve job cycle time, reduce waste and energy costs and deliver a high quality printed product.”
Komori Press Technology: Providing the OffsetOnDemand Difference
Komori has invested significant R&D into developing its new “OffsetOnDemand” concept. On demand printing is most often associated with digital printing that does not require a printing plate. Komori’s OffsetOnDemand is based on a completely new model that maintains the high quality and high productivity of offset print while providing a competitive edge with ultra-short runs and quick turnaround work.
The core of Komori’s innovative OffsetOnDemand system is the fusion of the KHS-AI integrated control system and the award-winning H-UV curing system. KHS-AI significantly reduces makeready time, cuts paper waste and reduces production time to the absolute minimum. When you combine these time and waste-saving features with the high print quality and productivity that are characteristic of offset printing, both short-run efficiency and reduced job cycle times are achieved.
Komori’s H-UV Curing System, a 2011 InterTech Technology Award recipient, uses a single specially developed UV lamp to cure special high-sensitivity UV ink. With the demand for short runs and fast turnaround times, H-UV not only delivers a bindery ready sheet, but also meets the need of high print quality by delivering value-added coating and varnishing techniques. H-UV has the advantage of being environmentally friendly because it generates very little heat, no VOCs and does not require the use of spray powder. Additionally, it requires significantly less power when compared to conventional UV and IR drying systems.
The new Komori Lithrone G40, introduced to the North American market in July 2011, is the backbone of OffsetOnDemand. The Lithrone G40 combines many of the state-of-the-art technologies from the Lithrone SX series with the award-winning features of the Lithrone S line to deliver a best-in-class 40˝ press for today’s marketplace. With the ability to print on a wide range of substrates at a maximum print speed of 16,500 impressions per hour, the G40 can handle any print job. Offering an advanced feeder and delivery coupled with the reliable Komori platform, the Lithrone G40 is the new pressroom workhorse.